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BlogFounding Board members of GIF recognised with Nobel in economics

Founding Board members of GIF recognised with Nobel in economics

16th October 2019
This week the Nobel’s Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Here, our CEO, Dr Alix Peterson Zwane, reflects on the deep influence of Michael and Esther on the Global Innovation Fund. Earlier this week it was an […]
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News and blogsGiving Directly to fight poverty

Giving Directly to fight poverty

26th September 2019
GIF is delighted to announce a $2.1 million grant to GiveDirectly, a charity doing unrestricted cash transfers via a mobile money payments platform to some of the world’s poorest people. Funding from GIF will go towards a first-of-its-kind cash transfers for refugees’ innovation, delivering transfers of approximately $1,000 to over 9,200 long-term refugees and host […]
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News and blogsFollow-on funding to boost mClinica

Follow-on funding to boost mClinica

19th September 2019
mClinica has received a $1 million boost from the Global Innovation Fund, paving the way for the mobile solutions company to grow its increasing pharmacy footprint across South East Asia. The digital health company has been developing mobile technologies that connect pharmacies, empower pharmacy professionals, and improve health outcomes in Asia. In 2017 GIF was […]
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News and blogsIntegrating marginalised waste collectors into a fair-trade system

Integrating marginalised waste collectors into a fair-trade system

20th August 2019
GIF is happy to announce we are investing in a recycling business that integrates marginalised waste collectors into a fair-trade system. Mr Green Africa recycles and sells ethically sourced materials with a traceable social and environmental impact. It currently engages over 2,000 previously marginalised waste collectors and sells over 2,000 metric tons fairly sourced recycled […]
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BlogCombining investment money with grants: how does GIF use blended finance?

Combining investment money with grants: how does GIF use blended finance?

7th August 2019
By Amélie Baudot, General Counsel and Company Secretary Blended finance has been successful in large and, often very costly, transactions (an OECD report that used Convergence data stated the median blended finance deal is $56 million, and only 3% of deals are below $5 million) but it’s also a great tool for smaller investments. With […]
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News and blogsOur CEO Alix Zwane at the Commonwealth Innovation Open Day

Our CEO Alix Zwane at the Commonwealth Innovation Open Day

5th August 2019
Our CEO Alix Zwane was delighted to speak at the Commonwealth Innovation Open Day alongside Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland. The inaugural event showcased novel initiatives and tools to support member states, including the Commonwealth Innovation Fund. Launched by Alix Zwane and Baroness Scotland at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018, the Commonwealth […]
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